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to forehead with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. for several minutes the two leaders, allegedly this frosty relationship, joking, laughing, talking, covering their mouths to make sure those with cameras couldn't figure out what they were saying. this the latest in several scenes where both of the leaders, maybe they're acting but they are very good actors if they are. they have made a clear decision to try to get along better as they move on to the long list of challenges. as the trip wraps up in the morning if there is a risk for the president it's this. he came in with low expectations and may have raised expectations and hopes too high. you've covered this issue for many years. the president talking to young israelis today demanding they challenge their leadership and old ways of blocking obstacles to the peace process the president saying he thinks it is possible, promising he'll make a personal commitment to get the parties back to the table. if you look at the obstacles whether rockets from hamas, continued building in israeli settlements, hard to see a peace process any t
benjamin netanyahu issuing a stunning apology to the turkish prime minister for this, an israeli commando attack that killed nine people on a gaza bound flotilla nearly three years ago. our senior international correspondent ivan watson is now joining us from amman, jordan. your base in turkey right now. i have to tell you for all of the things the president may have done over the past 48, 72 hours on this trip to the middle east, clearly the most productive is healing this, at least getting the start of a healing process between these two u.s. allies, turkey and israel. >> certainly president obama putting a diplomatic feather in his cap by basically getting these two very important middle eastern allies of the u.s., turkey and israel, to talk to each other. the two prime ministers in a phone call, prime minister benjamin netanyahu of israel calling his turkish counterpart from the tarmac basically of the airport with the u.s. president alongside him and basically bringing an end to nearly three years of ruptured relations between these two very important middle eastern powers. the israe
. the president's position on peace, the president tried to get them to the table, benjamin netanyahu has been demanding, palestinians demand he stopped settlement construction. the president said he wants them back at the table and didn't accept the precondition idea. he moved a little on the netanyahu way. from the white house perspective, it is difficult. you covered it more than 30 years. he may have raised hopes too high. from the white house perspective, you have to say it was picture perfect. >> what was the reaction, jessica, on the ground. you went to the jerusalem convention center where he spoke to several thousand young israelis. what was the reaction you felt and saw? >> they were moved, moved by the president's speech and a little surprised, wolf. the criticism by israelis of the president has been that he lectures them too often, on an emotional level doesn't understand why jews in israel feel so fiercely they have to act early in self defense in many instances. for the first time, many of those critics felt he understood because he connected it to his own experience as an afric
/palestinian conflict that prime minister benjamin netanyahu is redrawing the map. settlement expansion in 2012 was almost five times the rate of 2010. netanyahu's first full year in office. critics call it proof the prime minister wants to make it impossible to map out a contiguous palestinian state. president obama won't go that far but says any construction is an obstacle to peace talks. eve harrow says it is the president who is blocking progress. >> he has made the palestinian authority more intransigent. they can't say we'll talk to the israelis while they're building settlements if the american president has said it's a problem. >>he left los angeles to join the movement 25 years ago. like many here israelis and palestinians she worries tensions are rising. >> we feel it here on the roads here, definitely. that there is an upswing in the violence. but i don't think that the settlements are the reason for the tension. >> the palestinians and the visiting american president disagree but this new school is proof the israeli government at least for now isn't listening. no mention again from
as president and sits down with benjamin netanyahu. from the beginning the united states has had extremely good cooperation on the intelligence front from the israeli government. obviously, they are in the neighborhood, syria's neighbor to the south. they have a much better picture here, not only of the state of play with the assad regime and its stability. the sources say a few more months at best for assad, but also the movement of chemical weapons. that exchange of information is critical from the united states' standpoint. while israel was out ahead of the obama administration in saying assad must go, you have to understand it's a little jittery in israel at this moment because they look to the south and what happened in egypt, the rise of the muslim brotherhood, given all the uncertainty of who and what would succeed assad if he were to fall, wolf. important the president and prime minister stay on the same page on this one. >> what do they expect to emerge from president obama's visit to israel this week? >> it's interesting. if you talk to key officials here in israel, talk to members of
with israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu. his stock may be rising in israel right now even as it falls with some of the palestinians. cnn's john king is in jerusalem. >> reporter: call to prayer in the palestinian village of masra. muslim worshipers under the watchful gaze of israeli forces because masra is side by side with a jewish settlement in the west bank. skirmishes like this are routine but on this day a new twist. anti-obama chants in both arabic and english prove the thrill is gone in arab communities that four years ago saw hope in the new american president. >> obama not welcome in palestinians. >> this coffee shop is full of young palestinian professionals. >> there are settlements, poor people, there is nothing. and all of us are sure that obama disappointed us. >> reporter: do you hear the united states as an honest broker? >> definitely not. i think they want to be. i think it's as if they're easily, i think, israel can easily brain wash people into believing they're on the right. >> reporter: the turn-around on the arab street is striking and shows a big shift from two
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